Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

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The author would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of the following: Alison Lonsdale, Jackson Clerke, Cathy Underwood, Jan Marshall, Kathy May, Glen Postle, Jo Brennan, Jim Ransom and Stuart Clues.


The NAB Schools First Awards are the result of a partnership between two not-for-profits, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), and a large banking corporation, the National Australia Bank (NAB). The Awards project is a national criteria-based awards program which has been rewarding outstanding school–community partnerships since 2009. These Awards reflect a significant investment in education and by 2013, the fifth year of the Awards, will have awarded over $18 million to support more than 500 school–community partnerships around Australia.

This report presents a snapshot of the impact the Awards program is having on award winning schools from 2009–11 and examines the expected impact the Awards program will have on schools that applied for an award in 2012.

Part one of this report will present findings from a survey of Seed Funding and Impact Award winning schools between 2009–11. This will include three detailed case studies of winning partnerships that highlight the impact of winning an award on students, schools and communities.

Part two of this report includes an analysis of the results of a survey sent to 2012 Seed Funding and Impact Award applicants.